Protesters turn violent, break windows and set fire to Atlanta police car – WSB-TV Channel 2

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ATLANTA — A peaceful protest in downtown Atlanta turned violent Saturday night when protesters set fire to a police car and began smashing windows.

Protesters oppose the construction of an APD training center in a forest in DeKalb County.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Underground Atlanta before moving down Peachtree St. in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

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Shortly afterwards, some of the black-clad protesters began marching through the downtown streets.

Protesters then turned violent, setting fire to an Atlanta police cruiser and smashing windows of local businesses, including a Wells Fargo bank.

Earlier this week, the Georgia State Patrol and other agencies were at the site of the proposed facility, clearing out protesters who had been camped in the woods for months.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says one of the protesters, Manuel Teran, shot a state trooper and was killed by return fire.

Friends of Teran, who went by the nickname “Tortuguita”, have repeatedly said since the shooting that they are peaceful protesters.

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The governor’s office released a statement saying it will not tolerate any illegal crimes in the name of peaceful protest.

The Governor remains well informed of the situation through regular updates from the State Police and is actively monitoring the situation. The state patrol is well equipped to respond to any and all threats to public safety and is in close coordination with other state agencies and the local PD.

As long as the state continues to respect peaceful protest, acts of violence against people or property will NOT be tolerated. Those who commit such illegal acts will be arrested and prosecuted in full.

Shortly thereafter, Governor Brian Kemp himself tweeted a statement.

Atlanta Police released the following statement to Channel 2 action news:

The Atlanta Police Department is aware of ongoing events and we will continue to monitor and act accordingly. We stand ready to respond to demonstrations to ensure the safety of those in our communities and those exercising their first amendment right, or to address illegal activities if necessary..”

At 6:45 pm, Atlanta Police released an update saying:

Atlanta police responded to a mob that damaged property in several locations along Peachtree St. Several arrests were made at this time and order was restored in the city centre. This is still an active and ongoing investigation and we will not be able to provide details on arrest numbers or damaged property at this time..”

Channel 2 Action News is working to gather additional information.

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